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is dead -- an antioch toddler is dead. and a surprising discovery in california paid what it may mean about life on planet earth as we know it. complete bay area news at 7:00 starts right now. this is bay area news at 7:00. >> good evening. it is thursday, december 2. i am gasia mikaelian, and this is bay area news at 7:00. a 2-year-old boy is dead tonight after he was shot inside his home. now the little boy's parents are under arrest. ken pritchett joins us live. >> reporter: antioch police briefed us this evening on the shooting that resulted in the death on a 2-year-old boy on his birthday. his parents are in jail facing
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felony charges. police say that the victim and his four year-old brother were playing in the master bedroom of his home. the boy's grandmother, the only other adult in the house, was in the living room. >> she heard a gunshot be the four brother entered the room. she found the 2-year-old boy in the issue. >> reporter: police can be seen arresting the child's father. they also arrested the boy's mother. >> it was determined that she had recently purchased a handgun. he had removed the gun from the state, voted it, and place it in the drawer -- the safe loaded it, and, placed it in the drawer. >> reporter: the victim's name
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has not been released. >> he was the sweetest person you could ever meet. >> reporter: this neighbor says that the victim was like the grandson -- was like a grandson to her. >> you do not need it is easy for a child to find something like that and they think it's a toy and they get hurt. >> reporter: we do not know the exact circumstances of what the boys were doing or the circumstances around that moment when the trigger was pulled. the police have interviewed the 4-year-old boy. ken pritchett, ktvu channel 2 news. san francisco police made a surprising find, a meth lab operation. inside a house police found what they described the
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ingredient needed to make methamphetamine and ghb, the date rape drug. a gunshot victim found in oakland has confessed to dozens of robberies. he was wounded yesterday in the investigators interviewed him they realized he matched the suspect description from a recent robbery. was that he committed -- admitted committing more than 30 armed robberies. be sheriff's office is asking for the public's help tonight. 58-year-old deborah collins was reported missing tuesday by a friend. she left her home around november 24 and left without her pets, cars, and personal
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belongings. union city police say registered offender has confessed to sexually assaulting a toddler inside a union city store. he was arrested yesterday after police say he grabbed a 2-year- old girl and sexually assaulted her. happened inside a dollar tree store on decoto road. the child was with her grandmother and aunt, but wandered off. they can a man outside the store. >> i have never seen anything this heinous. >> i ran after him. i chased him about nine stores down. i finally caught him by the church. >> the family of the suspect talk to us tonight and says they are distraught over the
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accusations and apologize to the young victim and her family. robber honda reports from union city. >> reporter: on the megan's list website the suspect is listed as eugene melendres. his family says he has been struggling with depression and anxiety. >> reporter: did he take medication? >> not that i know up. >> reporter: he supposed to go? >> yes. >> reporter: they say he did not take his medication yesterday. union city to texas point out he registered as a offender because he was convicted of a similar attack that took place
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in 20003 and hayward. >> he was arrested for a similar incident involving a 7- year-old female victim who was assaulted in a public place. >> reporter: police say that remus was not under supervision because he served his sentence for the crime. >> the suspect was in compliance. he was not on probation or parole. >> reporter: they want to apologize to the family. >> he did not know what he was doing. i am very, very sorry. >> reporter: detectives say they will be presenting the evidence and prosecutors will decide what happens next. robert hunter, ktvu channel 2 news. a judge refused to recuse himself from the proposition eight trial. supporters say the judges should be disqualified because his wife is an outspoken opponent of the law. reinhardt is one of three
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judges expected to hear the appeal on monday. rail officials voted to build the first segment of the bullet train. the first segment will not reach major population centers and they say they will not operate trains on that line until the system is expanded. the construction of the first link will create 6000 jobs. jean quan announced today she's putting together a transition team. among them police chief anthony batts. the oakland fire chief is also on that list. mayor quan also outlined some of her immediate goals after she takes the oath of office. >> we work hard to have a town hall within the first three or four months so we can get feedback from the community on what they want in their
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particular neighborhood. >> the new team will be meeting over the next two months to decide what should be the priority for quan's first year in office. employee say the heat is finally back on at an oakland school. they have been shivering in their classroom since they returned on monday. the reason was the heating system was turned off and it failed to kick back on. students wore coats and gloves and class b the problem has been fixed and it will make changes to ensure it will not happen again. west oakland has a new store offering something residents say they never had easy access to. a fresh, healthy -- fresh, healthy groceries and there are plans to add a fish, poultry, and meat department. the police chief today we walked the halls of congress to
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draw support for a new program. >> we are trying to be created in oakland in taking the first step. everybody is talking about the loggerhead that the government is in right now. as we show them our program they go, wow. >> they say that program is an innovative partnership between oakland police and schools. the focus is an oakland middle schools and encouraging children to stay in school and potentially graduates. he said he will work hard to other -- find other source of funds. a bail hearing is set tomorrow for johannes mehserle. police and protesters tonight say they are ready for any action following the decision. jana katsuyama has details from oakland. >> reporter: the platform was peaceful today. very different from the early morning hours of january 1st,
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2009. >> what happened was pretty clear could what happened was a relatively minor incident that occurred on the train that was winding down was turned into an unnecessary tragedy by the bart police. >> reporter: supporters of oscar grant held a news conference today. they argue that the former bart police officer, you heinous mehserle, should not be released. >> this is the spot where oscar grant died and they say there is still an indentation in the platform left by the bullet. >> by then going back other words on these things we do not believe they did anything to change what happened before. i believe there are going to be some more oscar grants. >> what i am saying now, i am not calling for people to break through. i am calling for people to stop business as usual which
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includes police business as usual. >> reporter: bart police say they will be ready. >> we do not anticipate major involvements, but that being said we would be prepared. >> reporter: the hearing is set for 130 tomorrow afternoon in los angeles. they say there are several reasons why he should be released. >> grounds for our motion is that simply mr. mehserle is not a flight risk and has never been a flight risk and is not one today. he is not a danger to the community if released. >> he was convicted in july for involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison. coming up, a sign of the holidays and hope. a christmas tree is bringing optimism to the victims of the san bruno explosion. life not as we know it's been nasa makes a surprising announcement about a discovery
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near yosemite national park. northbay is getting hit. i will tell you when the rest of us will see some rain.
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>> the house has results that representative charles rangel of new york be censured. >> that is house speaker nancy pelosi reading a center for an assortment of ethics
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violation. the house ethics committee says ringel failed to pay taxes for 17 years on income for vacation building he owned in the dominican republic. the house voted to extend the bush era tax cuts for those who earn less than $200,000 a year and married couples making less than $250,000 a year. the secretary and congressional republicans are working on a compromise plan that would extend the tax cuts for all taxpayers. >> for more details on tax cuts, visit ktvu.com. new numbers show an unexpected jump in home sales. pending sales rose 10.4% in october. despite the increase real touristy they are still worried
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about the availability of credit. foreclosed homes accounted for one quarter of home sales. the report also showed on average foreclosed homes sold for 32% less than that of foreclosed homes. only nevada and arizona had a greater percentage. the dow jones gained more than 106 points, and the nasdaq also had a good day jumping by almost 30 points closing just shy of 2600 points. is a symbol of hope in the holidays for some families who lost everything. they say a single tree is helping them heal as they move forward. maureen naylor has our story from san bruno. >> reporter: the christmas tree went up today and new stockings are hanging. >> we think it will add some
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spirit to a silly kind of need right now and also a little bit of normalcy. >> reporter: they are still trying to return to normal after their home of 42 years was destroyed in the september pipeline explosion. they lost boxes of meaningful ornaments and an antique train collection. >> we keep thinking of people across the street from us. especially the one family with a mother-in-law who died and some are still in the hospital as we understand. >> reporter: 35 empty plots remain been stopped and covered with newly grown grass. >> it will be a lot of emptiness around here. people were around here in the neighborhood decorated their homes and stuff.
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there's really nothing here except a vacant lots. >> reporter: in the middle of the emptiness, a sign of hope. a bright spot for those still living here and recovery. >> i get up every morning and i look out that window in the corner. it's hard to believe that happened. >> reporter: some neighbors say their christmas wish is to have their neighbors return and rebuild. maureen naylor, ktvu channel 2 news. the fast-track system automatically sends toll violations and charged transponders. they were told to turn around at the toll plaza because the upper bracket -- the upper deck of the bridge was shut down. everyone who was billed or received a notice is being sent letters saying that the violation has been dismissed. a tahoe city man will not be prosecuted for killing a
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bear pit they say he acted in self-defense when he killed the black bear. he said he had to shoot the bear because it charged him. it was the fourth time in the week -- getting week that the bear had broken into the restaurant. scientists have uncovered microbes that alters the longtime basic formula for life. it was found in the middle of a lake and uses arsenic in replacement for phosphorus. >> all life as we know so far. if there is the organism on earth doing something different, we have cracked open the door to what is possible for life elsewhere in the universe. that is profound. and to understand how life is formed and where life is going. >> researchers say the discovery proves the
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possibility of life forms that can thrive on elements that are unknown a list of popular baby names was released today. for girl's name, sophia, isabella, emma, and chloe are the most popular girl's name. aidin is the top boy's name followed by jacob, jackson, ethan, and david. 66% of attorneys have used evidence from facebook to prove infidelity. 5% say they have used twitter to help their cases. coming up, things are heating up. a ranking this year is almost
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certain to get. rain is moving across the bay area. chief meteorologist bill martin joins us next with a when and where to expect rain. if there is no tv nearby, you can watch bay area news at 7:00 on your computer. we are streaming live on the web at ktvu.com. for this all day. ve been waiting ok, this is from... aunt stacey. introducing chase quickdeposit. just photograph the front and back of your check using the chase mobile app on your iphone, and hit send. it went through. this is so cool. this is so cool. you wanna try it? yea. ok. all right. who's next? make a deposit from anywhere, anytime-- with your iphone. to mister and misses walker. why would they send my parents a check? chase what matters. ♪
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>> data released today from the
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world meteorological organization says this year is almost certain to rank among the three hottest years on record. it also says this has been the warmest ten-year period since 1850 when records started being cats. they say the data confirmed that a warming trend has contributed to pollution trapping heat in the atmosphere. meteorologist bill martin is here. >> we are talking about scattered showers. nothing really heavy. it has all the north of this line. showers to the south. you see where that mean -- main line is. most of them are north. that is how it goes tomorrow.
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the style looks something like this. all of that activity come streaming into the state. there's nothing to pinger had out in terms of a trigger for rainfall. it is just a lot of moisture moving our way. this flow continues tomorrow. tomorrow, i am telling you, would be a lot like today. places like morgan hill saw nothing. maybe sprinkle on your morning commute. the showers are not accumulating at least in our rain gauges right now. it would be nice. a template image may be more along the coast. -- 10th of an inch, maybe more
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along the coast. sprinkles or light at best. 59 in concord. 58 in san francisco. 61 in san jose. you get the picture. the nice thing is that has been a little bit warmer with the cloud cover. we have had a couple of cold weeks. things are warming up because of this westerly flow. i have a chance tomorrow, maybe a sprinkle on saturday. sunday looks like our best bet for some rainfall. i will update the forecast tonight at 10:00. >> bill, thank you. the film the social network is getting more friends be the national board of review showed the movie -- called the movie the best film of the year. jesse eisenberg was named best
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actor and the film also won awards for best director and adapted screenplay. that is our report for tonight. i am gasia mikaelian. our coverage continues on ktvu.com and with our 10:00 news. tmz is up next right here on tv36.
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